Dr. Imo Nse Imeh is a scholar of African Diaspora art, and a practicing, exhibiting studio artist, whose work considers historical and philosophical issues around the black body and cultural identity. He received his doctorate in Art History from Yale University, with a focus on the cultural aesthetics of the Ibibio people of southeast Nigeria. Presently, he is Associate Professor of Art and Art History at Westfield State University in Massachusetts.
Dr. Imeh has made contributions to visual arts discourse with publications, lectures, and provoking studio art projects that interrogate the ways in which black bodies are imagined, installed, ritualized, and transformed. His recent project 17 Years Boy: Images, Sounds, and Words Inspired by the Life and Death of a Young Black Boy—created in response to a spark of racist incidents on his campus—utilizes public performance, visual art, and musical tributes to reimagine Trayvon Martin and other slain black boys, in an effort commemorate them while warning viewers of the horrific consequences of ongoing and evolving systems of racial subjugation in the United States.